Come and see what we found.

The sun had cleared the hills and was streaming through the treetops in the valley.
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We decided to go down and to take a walk through the valley. I heard the familiar sound of a Hoopoe bird earlier and we went to search for it. Life can at times totally surprise one and today was such a day, as we met with an unexpected and pleasant surprise.
Now without giving things away, let me show you the pictures below and please read the story.
Let's go.

The early cloud on the mountain can show you that it was early morning, and as the sun started heating things up the cloud disappeared.
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All clear by the time that we reached the bottom.
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There was a road for us to follow that we could not see from the top, as it was hidden by the trees.
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But now hold on! Can you see what I saw in the photo below?
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An unexpected bonus, as there were some grazing cattle in the valley.
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And an extra bonus, as look what was sitting in the foreground of the cattle.
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A grand pair of African Hoopoe birds.
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So what can I say about this lovely surprise about searching for a Hoopoe bird, and then stumbling upon some cattle grazing.
The cattle are obviously used to the hoopoes and the hoopoes are used to the cattle. Strangely, there were no Egret birds around, as they are normally found with the cattle.
On the first day of our arrival in the bush camp, I got a big big raptor bird in the rocks high up on the mountain side, and I will search for the picture to show you. It might be due to these big raptor birds that the egrets are scarce, and most of the other small animals hide in the day.

Except, of course, these animals.
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This fellow loves to roll balls from the cattle droppings, and it is a type of dung beetle.

This is the reason why we wanted to take a break in nature, as it totally revitalizes one. There are so many grand sights and surprises that has nothing to do with ordinary town or city life.
Mother nature is a healer and it is the best place to be when one is in grief or if one is stressed.
So I hope that you have enjoyed the walk.

And That's All Friends.

Photos by Zac Smith-All Rights Reserved.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX70HS Bridge camera.

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That beetle is soooo cute! What beauty!! I enjoyed today's episode. .hehe

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Absolutely beautiful place to relax on. Wow! The scene is breathtaking. I love everything there but I must say I'm speechless of the second photo. Just wow! It made me worship the creator. ❤️❤️❤️🤩🤩🤩

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A lovely adventure to walk in that valley between the hills and only afterwards we heard that the valley continues right up to the big mountain. Too far for us to walk, but there is always a next time.
The creator is the master of all beauties ❤️

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Nourishing ones soul only happens in the great outdoors.

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Every picture so excellent & beautiful place

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"Mother nature is a healer and it is the best place to be when one is in grief or if one is stressed"
The photos you have taken look like a proof of your word.

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I like all those surprises from nature to animals especially those cute birds , those are cute! Thanks for taking us there in your post😍

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We used to have hundred of hoopoe birds here in the southern regions of India when I was a kid. Sadly I haven't seen a single one in the last couple of decades.
These birds used to make huge holes in the neem trees that abound here. We used to wrongly call them woodpeckers. It's only later I came to know that these were hoopoe birds.
So happy to see them here.

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It all depends on habitat my friend. Mankind is destroying bird habitats all over the world, so the birds simply migrate to other countries where they can find food and places to nest.
We regularly get new species of birds that come to settle here.
Glad that you eventually found out their real identities.

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Oh yes, this is a really beautiful area you have been to and you should definitely get back there one day, Zac.
The cows look great - I like how the cows' fur is spotted.


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Thank you Hannes and we always keep our word, as we promised the owners that we will be back. Just waiting for the cooler months.
The cows are of the local Nguni breed 👌

Cheers and thanks.

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We are at the beginning of the cooler months and you're talking about cooler months 🤣 !LOLZ
I hope you'll have the best weather for awesome photos when you return 🌞


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Yes, but the difference is that our cooler months are in your hotter months 🤣 !LOLZ
We will pick our time carefully when we return, as now we know what to expect 😉

I see that your post is doing very well and please don't tell me that I told you that you were missed 😜

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You told me that I was missed 🤣 !LOLZ

I have already sent you a cooling image, but here's another one from this morning ...


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Always my friend, always as it can get very lonely here 🤣 !LOLZ

Now I can imagine what that picture would look like if the trees were covered with snow.
But even like this it is still beautiful.

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Thanks, my friend 😊
These pictures will come shortly - all we need is some snow 😎 !LOLZ


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The snow will be sure to come my friend 😉

We had a severe hail storm today in another inland province that damaged many cars and houses.
So I hope that you will not get mountains of snow over there.

Cheers and thanks.

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If it were snowing as much as it has been raining in the past days we wouldn't be able to leave the house 😅 !LOLZ

I am so glad that this summer went by without any hail storms, at least none nearby.


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Soon my friend, soon as I am sure that it will happen. We get much heavier rain here and it seems that all of the normal stuff are now doubled. Even the winds are much stronger. So wait and see 😮 !LOLZ

Terrible hailstorms inland and as explained above, so pray and give thanks that you guys are lucky 😉

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The rain has not completely stopped yet and it's getting colder - snow isn't that far away anymore 😁 !LOLZ

Yep, we are lucky with our weather and I shouldn't moan about some rain when there could be worse stuff coming down from the clouds.


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I saw somewhere else that they had snow coming in, but I can't remember where. So soon you will or should have your winter wonderland 🤣 !LOLZ

Thay say that Africa is more open the vagaries of the new weather patterns and we are in one of the worst spots right next to the Atlantic Ocean. So if you only have rain then it is indeed a blessing in disguise 😜

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It has started sowing today, but here in town it's already gone again. Hopefully tomorrow morning there will be more in the mountains 😊
I think our not so bad weather is a result of being sheltered by large mountains, although our weather has changed a lot in the past years too.


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Hahaha, I am one up on you as I just saw the photo and the snow in the photo that you sent me 😉

So if you cannot get photos of snow in your sheltered mountains area, then you simply go out and find snow on another mountain 🤣 !LOLZ

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We still don't have a lot of that white stuff down here in the valleys or in town. But you're right, I can just go somewhere on another mountain to get more snow than I need ... or I put the zoom lens on the camera and take snowy mountain photos from my balcony 😂 !LOLZ


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We also have white stuff here today!

And thankfully the mountains are not far away, so I don't need a balcony, as I simply climb onto the roof my friend 🤣 !LOLZ

Cheers and will be back after 4.5 hours. (Power cut not at 2pm)

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Wouldn't it be great if this would all be snow on the mountains? Looks great 😀

There's only one mountain that I can see from my balcony, and it's not even a high one 😂 !LOLZ but if I'd climb on the roof of our house I might see a huge mountain range in the south 😁

See you later 😊


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Oh yes, it will be great but you know that will never happen 😉

Hah, maybe it's not even a mountain, but a hill that you can see from the balcony 🤣
You will see me much later if you dare to climb on the roof, as I think that you will first have to spend a few weeks in hospital 🤣 !LOLZ

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Maybe Mother Nature will surprise us one day 😉

In the UK they would call it a huge mountain for sure 🤣 !LOLZ
You are certainly right, but I don't need to climb on the roof of our house but just use the stairs and open the window in the roof 😉


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I certainly hope so and I think that even the mountains will be surprised 🤣

Flat as a pancake and even a big ant heap such as we have here, they will see as a mountain 🤣 !LOLZ
Now you see? That's why you are more clever than me and maybe I must also build some stairs to go up on the roof 🤣

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I would love to make a photo trip to the UK but before I have to prepare my mind to drive on the wrong side of the road ... we literally drive on the right side 😂 !LOLZ
I want to take photos there and hike the highest mountains 😅

Stairs are a great invention that hasn't made it's way to South Africa yet it seems 😉


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So you can come and prepare here as I will happily give you my car, with me beside you to teach you how to drive on the correct side of the roads. The LEFT side 😜 !LOLZ

I will have to ask my eldest daughter where the highest mountains are in the UK, but I think that she will direct me back to Europe, as England is only an island 😉

A lovely sarcastic chirp methinks, but for your information we built the first stairs in South Africa for our ox wagons to cross the mountains 🤣

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The right side is the right side - otherwise right would be wrong 😁 !LOLZ

It's Ben Nevis - 1,345 m / 4,413 ft - and this "mountain" is on my list :)

Now I have learned something new - that sounds interesting: stairs over the mountains for the ox 😉


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Okay, so we live in different worlds and maybe in the year tut, we will also lear to drive on the right side of the road 🤣 !LOLZ

Ben Nevis is a hill compared to the height of the mountains in your area methink.

Yep! Shows you how advanced we are in the building of stairs 🤣🤣🤣

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Hopefully you and the UK change rules within the next months and I don't have to change my brain 😂 !LOLZ

The cabin of my parents is about 200 meters higher 😉

I have had a look at South Africa in Wikipedia: they didn't mention the stairs there. Maybe someone should add an article so the world knows 😉


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Hahaha, that is not even thought of here, although most of the street names and towns have had name changes. But not changed with british name, but rather with the names of local freedom fighters. So you will have to prepare to drive on the left hand side and you will have to have very expensive insurance in case of a crash 😉 !LOLZ

So our parents live in a place that is higher than the Ben Nervous mountains? I wonder what my daughter in the UK will have to say about this ? She phones me every Sunday and I will tease her this Sunday on her call 🤣

Wikipedia does not know the secrets of a country and all of the oxen had to sign a secrecy clause in their contracts. I bribed one ox with some bananas to tell me the secret about the stairs 😜

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I know what I would do in South Africa: I would hire a local driver, maybe someone I know already 😉 but that would cause another problem because I would never get to the place I want to go, because he would stop all the time to take photos 😂 !LOLZ

No, the wooden cabin I have told you once is on a mountain and the place where it stands is at 1,780 m altitude.

I wonder why they don't want the world to know 😉


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Oh yes, I know the guy personally and best would be if you rather hire his wife to teach you. She drives wonderfully slow and a 10 minute drive could turn into a one hour drive with her behind the wheel. So you will learn very slowly 🤣 !LOLZ

Ah, okay now I think that I remember about that cabin 😉

Trade secrets methinks as if the world knows then it will no longer be a secret 😎

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Oh wow, I know such drivers here too, and not all are women but all make me crazy when I drive behind them - in that case I think that I'd prefer the guy driving me 😂 !LOLZ

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Better for you if you will drive with her, as the guy is a wee reckless when he drives. He takes risky gaps and fast corners that makes his wife hang on to the door handle for her dear life, gulping like a fish in fright 😁 !LOLZ

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Oh yes, I will definitely drive with her - maybe I'll take something to eat and to drink with me in case she drives as slow as you say 🤣 !LOLZ


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The good news is that you can also take pillow with so as when a 10 minute drive turns into an hour, you will know that it is safe. Then you can relax and practice your favorite pastime (sleep) 😤 !LOLZ

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Oh yes, that's great, I can do what I love and will be well rested when we are at our destination 😂 !LOLZ


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Absolutely rested, as she will also have you put your seat safety strap on. So you will also know that when the destination is the shop that is 1 kilometer from our house, then you can prepare for a 1 hour trip 🤣 !LOLZ

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Oh wow, I'll have to take a cooler bag with lunch and drinks with me, maybe also a sleeping bag when we drive to visit something in the next town ... don't forget the tooth brush 😂 !LOLZ


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Good evening Hannes,

I am back and can now type during a power cut. We got ourselves a 150kw inverter battery that can keep the PCs on during power cuts. It is a cheap one that cannot do much else, but at least it keeps the computers and the signal router on. Trouble is that during power cuts, the signal disappears at times and then we just wait for it to come on again.

Hahaha, you definitely have the correct view about traveling with her 🤣 LOLZ

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Good evening Zac,

that sounds great and it's better than to have no power at all in the evening when it's too dark outside to take photos.

Yep, I think I know such drivers here too 😉 !LOLZ


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Good evening Hannes,

Thank you and maybe I must ask them to only send us the power cuts in the day, so that I can go and take photos 🤣 !LOLZ

We call them Tortoise drivers and my worst fear is to drive behind a Mercedes with an 80 year old person at the wheel 😜

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Good evening Zac,

ask them - maybe they surprise you and do just that 😉 !LOLZ

Haha, here they also drive a Mercedes, but they also have a hat on their head and their number plate starts with "KL" - these are the worst 🤣


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Good afternoon Hannes,

They will only do that if I offer a million bucks and they will laugh at my offer of 20 bucks 😁 !LOLZ

Some old ladies here are so small, that even if they have a hat on, it looks like the car has no driver when you drive behind them. I think that they put 3 pillows on the driver seat so that they can see through the steering wheel 🤣🤣🤣

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Good morning Zac,

I thought so, but you could give it a try 😂 !LOLZ

Hihi, my mother has also at least 2 pillows on the driver seat, I believe 🤣


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No thanks Hannes, they will only tell me that I am a cheapskate 🤣LOLZ

Hahaha, then you know what I am talking about. They put the indicator on to turn right and then they turn left. So best is to drive at least three car spaces behind them at their speed of 20km in a 120km zone 🤣😁🤣

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One of my favorite birds as we have them in our garden almost every day. Looks stunning where you are staying and hope your batteries are recharged.

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We also had them up in Johburg, but not yet here at home. I found them on some local wine farms and one can never forget the sound of their call. Lucky you to see them every day.
Booked 4 days, but only had 2 days, so batteries halfway charged :)

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Mother Nature does heal… and one can recharge. You so needed it Zac.
Beautiful walk 👋🏻😊

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Totally agreed Jackie and yes, we are so thankful for those 2 days as it will last in our memories for awhile.
A lovely walk indeed and thank you 😊

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And so it will be, a lovely memory for a long time 😁
You are welcome Zac 👋🏻

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